Winter is almost here! If you have not already invested in home energy improvements, your home will still be uncomfortable and inefficient this winter just like it was last year. If you have a crawl space in your home, insulation and sealing can significantly improve your comfort, lower your energy bills and improve your inside air quality.
Building science proves that your inside comfort is affected by what is underneath your home. The natural flow of air in your home is from floor to ceiling. Your home naturally breathes, drawing air upward (from your crawl space or basement) through your living area and out through the attic. Due to this natural airflow, air from a damp crawl space (plus everything in the crawl space) flows upward into your home’s inside air.
Three reasons to insulate your crawl space before winter:
- Improve air quality
As your home breathes, air from your naturally damp crawl space flows into your home’s interior through penetration points located around areas such as plumbing holes and wiring. This air in your crawl space mixes with the air you breathe which is both distasteful and unhealthy. Improve your home’s indoor air quality by insulating and sealing your crawl space.
- Reduce energy bills
If your furnace runs more than you’d like during winter, it’s because your HVAC system is heating air from your crawl space that’s mixing with the heated interior air. Your HVAC system is working constantly to maintain the internal temperature of your home, resulting in higher than necessary energy bills and additional wear and tear on your HVAC system. Insulating and sealing your crawl space can help reduce energy costs.
- Increase home comfort
Your home’s inside comfort is affected by an unfinished crawl space. Are your floors chilly? Is your living area colder than your home’s upper floor? By insulating and sealing your crawl space, these issues will improve. If you’ve been living in an uncomfortable home for some time, you won’t regret investing in insulating your crawl space.
Do you have other questions about your crawl space? Are you ready to upgrade your crawl space? Contact us to schedule a free crawl space estimate and discuss your specific situation.